Families can enjoy the ‘spooktacular’ holiday in East Devon and beyond

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2017

There will be spooktacular all-weather fun at Pecorama this half term. Picture: Alex Walton

There will be spooktacular all-weather fun at Pecorama this half term. Picture: Alex Walton


Devon has much to offer families this half term, with many attractions looking to Hallowe’en to provide a theme.

Milky Way Adventure Park Milky Way Adventure Park

With half term approaching, we have taken a look at what family activities are on offer.

The World of Country Life will have witches, caldrons and black cats galore, when the park turns into a spectacle of everything Hallowe’en - even the staff turn into witches ready to cast their own unique spell of fun and laughter on all visitors young and old!

There will be loads of spooky goings on with extra activities including pumpkin carving and the ever-popular Hallowe’en activity trail to name a few.

The family Hallowe’en Show this year features park mascot ‘Appy Angus.

Pennywell Farm Pennywell Farm

The Hallowe’en spooktacular comes to an end on Sunday, October 29, which is also the last day of the 2017 season for the park.

There will be all-weather fun at Pecorama with Hallowe’en taking centre stage.

From Saturday, October 21, to Sunday, October 29, there will be daily undercover shows, at 2pm, in the Station Gallery, whilst the Play Station indoor play area is the perfect venue for under-12s to explore and let off steam.

There is also the fangtastic Peco Pearl Pirate Ship, plus the famous Peco Model Railway Exhibition and early evening spooky illuminated train rides until 6.30pm, on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.

Quince Honey Farm Quince Honey Farm

Elsewhere, Powderham Castle unveils its new ‘Festival of Frights’.

Join the spooky school and enter a whole world of spookiness. There will be face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin crafts and ghostly games. You can also meet the weird and wonderful characters at their potion making show.

Braver souls can visit Powderham Castle at night for the ‘House of Horrors’ when the shutters are down, and the lights are off as you navigate your way through the castle to escape the horrors and characters within!

At the National Trust’s Killerton, pick up a trail leaflet and find the wacky and wonderful pumpkin faces popping up around the house, garden and parkland.

Hallowe'en Fun across Devon Hallowe'en Fun across Devon

Back by popular demand is the Hallowe’en ‘Tram of Terror’ at Seaton Tramway, where all children receive a ‘baddie bag’. Enjoy the spooky entertainment of Hallowe’en activities and taste the revolting refreshments at Colyton Station!

Finally, you could visit Crealy and step inside their Creaky Hotel! It will be opening its doors again and will be better than ever with a spooky storyline.

See Patch the Pumpkin perform the special Eerie Bug Show and see the Jolly-ween Singing Pumpkin Show. Don’t forget to take your free pumpkin home with you, there’s one free for every child!

Elsewhere in Devon, attractions are getting ready for a Spooktacular half term of fun and Hallowe’en happenings and will be offering the very best selection of scary fun and spooky surprises.

There's plenty of Hallowe'en fun at Exmouth's World Of Country Life. There's plenty of Hallowe'en fun at Exmouth's World Of Country Life.

A spell will be cast across the county this October Half Term with many ‘trick or treats’ on offer. From bats to broomsticks, pumpkins to parties, it’s all going on!

There will be lots of low key Hallowe’en and pumpkin fun for the preschoolers and younger ones and lots of spine-chilling frightful fun for the older children.

Join Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park for some Spooktacular Halloween Fun! Win yourself some yummy treats taking part in the ‘Pumpkin Trail’ and venture, if you dare, through the spooky Egyptian tomb!

There’s some Hallowe’en Hocus Pocus magic going on at the Milky Way Adventure Park, families are invited to enrol in the special school for witches and wizards, dress for the occasion and you could win a prize. There will be a themed show, wand making, spell writing and casting, broomstick riding and potion making and don’t miss the special sessions on the spooky swamp dodgems. All designed to be fun rather than scary!

At Becky Falls why not dare to see the ‘Animal Encounters of the Scary Kind’, or take part in the spooky craft activities where you can create your very own spider noughts and crosses or make a spider spinner? Over at Bygones in Torquay they have a spooky experience waiting for you including a spooky Hallowe’en Quiz.

Why not visit The Big Sheep and enjoy their ‘Fun by Day’ Hallowe’en Festival? This includes a whole lot of happy and fun spooky treats. Experience the daytime haunted hayride, lakeside train ride, haunted house, witches flying school and see the singing pumpkins. For the older and braver, try their ‘Scary by Night’ Festival. New for 2017 is the Spooky Castle, with haunts, special effects and lots more terrifying fun!

Over at Quince Honey Farm, you can have a buzzingly good time at their Hallowe’en week activities. Cuddle some creepy crawlies, join in with some witch crafting and have some spooky fun in the play hive. When you get hungry you try some of the ghoulishly delicious homemade treats in the café.

It’s all treats and no tricks at Pennywell Farm this half term. The Pennywell animals will be waiting for their last cuddle of the season and the world famous Pennywell miniature piglets will be looking forward to piggy cuddles every day. Don’t miss the top-notch daily entertainment from Mr Phil, Matt Pang, Peco Drom and Elfic. It’s all included in your admission price.

Go underground at Kents Cavern and take part in the underground pumpkin hunt, try to complete the witches hat joke trail and then join in the spooky dig. For older children there is a Halloween Ghost Tour that isn’t recommended for the faint-hearted or the under-eights!

Woodlands Family Theme Park is offering a half term of family friendly ‘fangtastic’ Hallowe’en experiences. The theme park will mysteriously turn into Woodlands Family SCREAM Park and will be cooking up a whole host of spooky activities and trick or treats. Muster up the courage and enter Marty’s Manor, trek through the creepy cave, join Ezmeralda for broomstick training and party games or dance your legs off at Marty’s Monster Disco on October 27.

Over at Morwellham Quay, there’s a week of Hallowe’en fun where you can meet the witch in her den, paint a creepy clay shape, find the characters in the Hallowe’en hunt and be spooked on the scary mine train. Bicton Park are inviting you to meet their resident witch, see whether she has a trick or treat up her sleeve for you and ride the spooky Hallowe’en train.

Chris Murray, chairman of Devon Association of Tourist Attractions said: “Devon’s Top Attractions continue to offer the very best in family entertainment for all their visitors. The attractions never cease to amaze me with their creative and innovative ideas and continue to offer first class days out for all the family all year round. Devon is THE place to be this October Half Term.”

And lastly, let’s not forget it’s nearly Bonfire Night! Some attractions will be offering spectacular bonfire and fireworks displays. So whatever type of half term and Hallowe’en fun you are looking for, check out the website to see full details of all the events across the county. Visit www.devontopattractions.com

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